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U.S. Spy Scandal Draws Fire

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The White House is still dodging the fallout from America's tapping of dozens of international leaders' phones.
 ABC's Tahman Bradley has the latest from Washington.

The outrage keeps growing.
American allies around the world are furious about claims of U.S. spying.

Jeanne Shaheen  (courtesy: Face the Nation/CBS)
"The secrets that have been revealed are doing significant damage to our
bilateral relationships with germany, with mexico and with the other

This morning, the Obama administration is managing the fallout.
In a statement, U.S. officials say the White House is reviewing the way
America gathers intelligence, to account for the security concerns of U.S.
citizen and allies.
The Wall Street Journal reports the White House cut off some monitoring
programs after learning of them, including the one tracking German
Chancellor Angela Merkel.
The Germans are enraged.
Stoking their anger, headlines this weekend that the US. has been listening
to Merkel's cell phone since 2002 and that President Obama knew about it.
The NSA denies the President was aware.
Also reports overseas that the U.S. embassy in Berlin houses a secret
listening post spying on German government officials and business leaders,
one of eighty such posts around the world.

Stephen Szabo, Transatlantic Academy
"The suspicion in europe that this is not really about counter-terrorism, it
's alot more about industrial espionage."

Despite the backlash, many members of Congress believe NSA data collection
is an essential tool to combat terrorism.

Rep. Peter King (courtesy: Meet the Press/NBC)
"We've saved many lives in Germany because of the intelligence we've given
them. The fact is there can be information that is being transmitted that
 can be useful to us and then ultimately useful to Germany."

Tahman Bradley, ABC News:
Five U.S. allies have summoned the American ambassador in their country to
lodge a formal protest.
Germany and France want the U.S. to agree to limit its eavesdropping by the
end of the year.
Tahman Bradley, ABC News, Washington.

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